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Health informatics involves the knowledge, skills and tools which enable information to be collected, managed, used and shared to support the delivery of healthcare and promote health.

Enrico Coiera has eloquently said

If physiology literally means ‘the logic of life’, and pathology is ‘the logic of disease’, then health informatics is the logic of healthcare.

The Royal College of Edinburgh was one of the first to offer taught courses in this field. The DMI was awarded in April 2006 at the RCSEd. There is some information about the faculty here

Created and ran the Yorkshire Orthopaedics Website for orthopaedic trainees in Yorkshire in 2002 (Untill 2004)

More recently I have become active at a regional and national level. I am the Secondary care lead for IT in the NHS North West, and attempting to lead and develop the understanding of Health Informatics enabled change within the North West.

I am a member of the Health Informatics Clinical Advisory Team (HICAT). There is some information about us here. As full-time clinicians with a collective experience of over 50 years of front-line Healthcare IT, we believe that teams like the HICAT should play a central role in defining requirements, setting IT strategies, ensuring best-practice dissemination, championing innovative IT solutions and making sure that organisations get it right when it comes to IT investment and procurement.

We are invited to speak at various events - a recent one with the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT - formerly known as British Computer Society) has resulted in an excellent summary of our aspirations by Phil Paterson from the BCS.


Informatics Publications

  • Digital dictation and Remote Transcription service - a pilot for Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust - Rish Parmar, Liz Taylor, Bibhas Roy Accepted For Publication in Clinical Leader (BAMM) April 2009
  • Digital Photography in Medicine - Prasad S, Roy B. J Postgrad Med. 2003 Oct-Dec;49(4):332-6.

  • The art and science of presentation: electronic presentations. Prasad S, Roy B, Smith M. – J Postgrad Med 2000 Jul-Sep;46(3):193-8

  • Line profile analysis, a technique for quantification of radiolucency in post total hip replacement radiographs - B Roy, D L Shaw, A B Nevelös, J Fisher - Presentation at the Medical Imaging Understanding and Analysis (MIUA-99) Conference - 19th & 20th July 1999, Oxford, UK.